It is the biggest game of the season for the Tiger-Cats.
Hamilton hosts Ottawa Friday night with first place in the CFL’s East Division on the line.
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After 14 games, the 6-7-and-1 REDBLACKS lead the 6-and-8 Ticats by one point for the top rung in the East.
Both Hamilton and Ottawa can clinch a playoff spot with a win this week along with losses by Toronto and Montreal.
The REDBLACKS can secure the division title and host the East Final with a sweep of the Cats.
The two teams will meet again next week in the nation’s capital.
Jeremiah Masoli will start in place of injured quarterback Zach Collaros who remains in the concussion protocol after getting hurt October 1 vs. Calgary.
Hamilton is 6-and-11 without Collaros in the lineup, although Masoli is 3-and-3 in place of the Cats’ star QB this season.
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Luke Tasker has been placed on Hamilton’s six game injured list but head coach Kent Austin says that does not mean the slotback will miss the rest of the season.
Ottawa is starting veteran quarterback Henry Burris this week but they’ll be without star receiver Chris Williams for the remainder of the season after he suffered a torn ACL.
The Ticats have won just 3 of their last 8 games and are 3-and-3 at home this year while Ottawa has won 4 of their 7 roads games in 2016.